CASA trains new vol­un­teer ad­vo­cates

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EAS­TON — On the first evening of Pre-ser­vice Train­ing for CASA of the Mid-shore, Tal­bot County Cir­cuit Court Mag­is­trate Jamie Ad­kins, Dorch­ester County Cir­cuit Court Mag­is­trate Daryl Wal­ters, and Queen Anne’s County Cir­cuit Court Mag­is­trate Jean Meta praised the value of this lo­cal CASA pro­gram to the new­est class of prospec­tive Court Ap­pointed Spe­cial Ad­vo­cates Vol­un­teers. The Mag­is­trates ex­plained that they rely on the writ­ten re­ports and rec­om­men­da­tions from CASA vol­un­teers as to what their ap­pointed chil­dren need, and they em­pha­sized the many pos­i­tive out­comes for chil­dren when CASA is by their side.

Robin Daven­port, CASA’S ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor, thanked the Mag­is­trates for their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the train­ing class, stat­ing, “Lo­cal chil­dren ben­e­fit from the skilled and thought­ful ap­proach that our mag­is­trates take in th­ese im­por­tant cases. CASA vol­un­teers help our courts de­ter­mine what ser­vices will help chil­dren heal from mal­treat­ment, and we pro­vide im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion that helps im­prove out­comes for the chil­dren. For many chil­dren who are un­der court pro­tec­tion, their CASA vol­un­teer may be the only con­stant dur­ing a fright­en­ing and un­cer­tain time.”

Af­ter com­plet­ing in-depth Pre-ser­vice Train­ing, CASA of the Mid-shore’s new­est vol­un­teers will be sworn in as of­fi­cers of the Cir­cuit Courts for Tal­bot, Dorch­ester, Queen Anne’s and Kent coun­ties. For more in­for­ma­tion about CASA’S ser­vices to chil­dren, visit www.casamid­shore.org or con­tact the CASA of­fice at 410-822-2866.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Along with the Hon­or­able Jamie Ad­kins, the Hon­or­able Jean Meta, and the Hon­or­able Daryl Wal­ters (from left in up­per right-hand cor­ner), prospec­tive new CASA vol­un­teers gather with CASA train­ing fa­cil­i­ta­tors fol­low­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion by the mag­is­trates dur­ing the first evening of CASA of the Mid-shore’s Pre-ser­vice Train­ing classes.

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